[ buh-naw-sik, -zik ]
/ bəˈnɔ sɪk, -zɪk /


serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical: architecture that was more banausic than inspired.

Origin of banausic

1835–45; < Greek banausikós, equivalent to bánaus(os) artisan + -ikos -ic Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for banausic


/ (bəˈnɔːsɪk) /


merely mechanical; materialistic; utilitarian

Word Origin for banausic

C19: from Greek banausikos for mechanics, from baunos forge
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Word Origin and History for banausic



"merely mechanical," coined 1845 from Greek banausikos "pertaining to mechanics," from banausos "artisan, mere mechanical," hence (to the Greeks) "base, ignoble;" perhaps literally "working by fire," from baunos "furnace, forge" (but Klein dismisses this as folk etymology and calls it "of uncertain origin").

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